The Lord has been leading me through some big changes and beautiful blessings lately.
My year of service with Franciscan Mission Service ended in late July. This time serving in Washington DC was an unforgettable experience filled with so much growth. Shortly afterwards, He lead me to my new job.
In August, I became the new Development and Communications Coordinator of a nonprofit on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, and to say that God has been good to me is an understatement. He gave me a job that I truly enjoy and feel fulfilled in, not just a job that utilizes my skills and interests. I’m working for a Christian organization with a mission that I can lend my heart to. Even today, I still find myself thanking Him for giving me this job.
Of course, working for this nonprofit is very different than working for Franciscan Mission Service. It’s in Maryland instead of Washington DC, I’m working more with communications than with development, and Habitat is Christian, but not Catholic. As I settled into my new role at this new nonprofit, I’ve found a few ways in which I can incorporate my Catholic faith into my job.
1 Praying with the daily Mass readings
I tend to get to work pretty early, so I spend the extra time before my day begins reading and praying with the daily Mass readings. I keep my Magnificat in my work bag so that I can read the Mass readings each morning, and I have the Spiritual Communion Prayer written down so that I can pray it every morning.
2 Reading Blessed is She’s devotionals
After praying with the Mass readings, I love to read the Blessed is She devotionals that I get in my inbox every morning. They help me to delve deeper into the Mass readings, and they help me to apply them to my own life. It’s inspiring and encouraging to read about other holy women who are pursuing the Lord and striving for Sainthood from various vocations and walks of life.
3 Listening to hymns and worship music
I rarely work in silence, and when I do, it’s uncomfy to me. While I work, I love to listen to my Jesus Jams playlist on Spotify and also Mass hymns. Listening to hymns and praise and worship music lifts my thoughts to God, and it also helps me to dedicate my work to Him.
4 Decorating with Bible verses
When I got this job, I was so excited to have an office of my own! I still have a lot of decorating to do, but the first things that I put in my office were some decorations with Bible verses on it. I keep a decorative prayer card on my shelf that reads “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed. ~ Proverbs 16:3,” which reminds me that all of the work that I do is for God, and I keep my favorite Bible verse, Psalm 34:5 on my wall.
5 Keeping Tiny Saints on my keychain
I’m obsessed with Tiny Saints! I have so many of them, and I change the ones that I have on my keychain for their Feast Days or Liturgical seasons. Not only do they make me smile when I look at them because they’re so cute, but they remind me that they’re in Heaven praying for me.
6 Using Sacrifice Beads
Work is work, and it isn’t always fun. When I have to do something that I don’t want to do or when something “inconveniences” me, I pull a Sacrifice Bead and offer it up.
in the grand scheme of things, I know that these crosses are small, but I still let Jesus enter into my little sufferings, and I find joy in knowing that they bring me closer to His Heart.
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I find that when I offer my work and surrender my day to the Lord, I’m more likely to be productive, to find joy in my work, and to remember Him in what I do. God is never outdone in generosity, so by inviting Him into our work days and offering our work to Him, He blesses us with more than we realize.
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